Well, chaps, I'm off for a week to attend Once Upon a Place, in Lisbon. The program looks great, I have to say. Musing on the relationship between architecture and fiction, on creating imaginary cities, and cities with imagination. Thinking on Walter Benjamin and J.G. Ballard, on gender politics and the buildings of science-fiction.
It's the getting there that's going to be a bit of a travail, but hopefully the coach and a certain budget airline will treat me with kindness. This is the pay off you see, about academic conferences; intellectual nourishment bookended by several hours of expensive and bruise inducing travel. But it's going to be worth it, I'm fairly certain of that. I'm looking forward to this, and I'm really grateful that I'm able to go. Because these things don't happen every day - especially when you're a student. It will be nice to be a delegate and see how they run things. Perhaps I'll even find some interest for Curiouser and Curiouser - who knows?
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.